Michael Riha, Chair
University Theatre
Fine Arts Center
Phone: 479-575-2953
Box Office: 479-575-4752
Fax: 479-575-7602

Studio Series Spring 2015 Season

Due to limited seating, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets for the Studio Series ahead of time.

The MountaintopThe Mountaintop by Katori Hall

Friday, Jan 30th, 7:30pm
Saturday, Jan 31st, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 1st, 2:00pm
Sunday, February 1st, 7:30pm

All performances are in Kimpel Hall 404. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and faculty/staff; and $5 for students. No free student tickets are available for the Studio Series. Due to high demand and limited seating, it is strongly recommended that patrons make reservations in advance.

The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre partners with the African and African American Studies Program to present Katori Hall’s award winning play, “The Mountaintop” as part of their 2014-­‐2015 Studio Series.

With just two characters – a fictional hotel maid and a real-­‐life civil rights legend – the play imagines what may have happened on the night before Martin Luther King’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. “The Mountaintop” won the Olivier Award (England’s equivalent of the Tony) as Best New Play. The American premiere was a Broadway production starring Oscar nominees Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.

Clinnesha Sibley (“The Bluest Eye”), head of playwriting and undergraduate advisor in the Department of Theatre and affiliated faculty member with African and African American Studies, is directing the production. Sibley is no stranger to the subject of Dr. King. Her own anthology, “King Me: Three One-­‐Act Plays Inspired By the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” was published in 2013.

The African and African American Studies program (AAST) at the University of Arkansas has been an interdisciplinary program since 1961. Its mission is to expand on the core disciplines of a traditional liberal arts education. The program explores the legacy of the African diaspora and African-­‐descended people’s global experiences with a focus on Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean. AAST strives to advance social consciousness, inject principles of reason and equality into international debates, and support the highest level of academic evidence in the classroom and beyond. Through the study of history and culture of the African diaspora, the program examines the important role that race has played in the creation of the world in which our students live. For more information, visit their website at

Kill/Shot by Rachel Washington
A classics professor is forced to confront her own motivations after she kills a student -- a shooter who has already killed four other students -- in self-defense.  Does that make her a hero or a criminal?  Rachel Washington is a 3rd year MFA playwright from California.

Thursday, March 5th- 7:30pm
Friday, March 6th- 7:30pm
Saturday, March 7th- 7:30pm
Sunday, March 8th, 7:30pm 

The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco (as translated by Rob Melrose)
Trapped in a repetitive existence, an elderly couple strives to find the meaning of life.  Reliving moments of regret, they ultimately pursue the only retreat they know.  This absurdist piece resonates with the themes of responsibility and the need to lead a meaningful life.  

Thursday, April 2nd- 7:30pm
Friday, April 3rd- 7:30pm
Saturday, April 4th, 2:00pm
Sunday, April 5th- 7:30pm 

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